How did St Andrews Links Trust win the Best Sustainability Project title?

By: March 25, 2024

St Andrews Links Trust won the prestigious Best Sustainability Project at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards in association with Luxe Scot in recognition of its outstanding work in driving sustainability and climate action. 

Sustainable golf featured prominently at the 11th awards ceremony held on 21 March at the five-star National Trust for Scotland’s Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre.  

The GEO Sustainable Golf Foundation supported the title. The Awards judging panel shortlisted five outstanding projects from across Scotland. 

Sand scrapes at St Andrews Links Trust

The finalists were

They demonstrated outstanding commitment and impact across the sustainable golf framework, which

  • fosters nature,
  • conserves resources,
  • takes climate action, and
  • strengthens communities

St. Andrews Links Trust’s work on renewable energy, dune restoration, and wildlife conservation, especially the scale and extent of their collaboration with universities and various external agencies, caught the eye of the judging panel. 

Dune restoration at St Andrews Links Trust

Scottish Golf shares the same vision, offering ongoing encouragement and support to clubs.

Through its partnership with the GEO Foundation, all clubs in Scotland can freely get involved,

  • adopting the new Sustainable Golf Pledge,
  • utilizing the free OnCourse support program,
  • accessing annual reports on key data and practices, and carbon footprints, and attaining certification for sustainable golf. 

Andrew Baptie, Head of Club Services at Scottish Golf said:

Sustainability in golf has long been on the agenda for Scottish Golf, and with the support of GEO Foundation we’ve been able to provide tangible assistance to golf clubs who are looking to progress their ambitions in this area.

We all appreciate the scale of the golf estate across Scotland, and how it can be harnessed for positive change. It’s wonderful to see sustainability work in golf clubs recognised and celebrated as it becomes key to ensuring our clubs continue to thrive in the future.”